I tend to flow in and out of bursts of motivation and lulls of lack of motivation. Some days I power through my to-do list while other days I have a hard time getting one simple task done in a full eight-hour day. I work from home 80% of the week and it’s hard to keep your focus when the dishes need to be done, the dogs need to go outside or there’s just a great new YouTube video out. Distractions seem to be around every corner.
Working from home is different from being in a more traditional setting because no one is there to hold you accountable. No one is here to tell you what to do and when to do it—especailly when you’re the boss.
A few years ago, I worked remotely in a traditional job and it was harder than I thought it would be. Not only were the distractions more powerful than expected, but it gets lonely and you can sometimes feel couped up in your own house.
Since transitioning to working for myself full-time, I’ve made it a priority to figure out what works best for me and how I can be productive primarily working from home. Some days are better than others but I really value my days at home and I try to make the most out of them!
Whether you work remotely for a company or you are running the show, here are a few of my tips to stay motivated when working from home.
- Make a Routine: Get in a groove of setting up a morning routine before getting to work. Whatever you need to do to set yourself for success is worthwhile. I like to get up by 7:30 am, do morning pages, go on a walk with the dogs, wash my face and make breakfast before sitting down to look over my to-do list for the day.
- Set daily goals: Get in the habit of setting achievable goals for the day. Write them down and prioritize 1-3 things for the day that you absolutely have to accomplish. Having a smaller amount of to-do’s will fuel you to finish faster and get more results.
- Have a dedicated workspace: This is a big one for me. I’ve tried to work on my laptop from the couch while watching TV and it doesn’t work at all—I get completely pulled in and all of a sudden its noon and nothing has been accomplished. While we don’t have much room in our apartment for me to have a separate office, I do have a desk and it helps to put me in work mode. I almost never sit there after 6 pm so I’m able to remove myself from work mode and switch to just being at home.
- Get dressed: It’s tempting to hang out in your PJ’s all day, but getting dressed really does help to increase your motivation. Rarely do I wear anything fancy, but I like to take a shower and change into jeans and a t-shirt so I feel more put together and ready to take on the day.
- Disconnect: Know when to take a break and disconnect, even if it’s only for a few hours. When you own your own business, there is this feeling of always having to work and get ahead. There is no “time off,” but you actually DO need it! Go on a walk, read a book, go to the gym or take a vacation and totally remove yourself. Your work will be there when you get back.
- Leave your house: Day after day of working at home makes you feel couped up and needing interaction. Work from a coffee shop for a few hours, run an errand or meet a friend for lunch. I find that even running to the grocery store in the middle of the day helps me reset.
How do you stay motivated? Comment below =)
“No amount of security is worth the suffering of a mediocre life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.” — Maya Mendoza
Thanks for reading,